“What’s the point of going to school?” is a question many parents are familiar with.  Too often, we probably tell our kids that it’s so they can get a good job. But is that really the purpose of education?

I recently heard American communications expert, researcher and political pundit Anat Shenker-Osorio speak about how we talk about education. She scoffed

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Anat Shenker-Osorio

at the idea that schooling should be sold as a “future investment” and argued that schools are where childhood happens, and that what we really want is for learning to be a joy, right now, for every child. It’s an interesting take on the notion that early childhood education and schooling is about fostering a life-long love of learning and one that made me sit up and think.

Anat’s presentation was timely, because we have until December 14th to respond to the Government’s consultation on reviewing the Education Act.  The Government wants to include a purpose statement in the Act to articulate the outcomes the community wants to see from education.  Those outcomes should be” “enduring, inclusive, student-centred and embrace a breadth of desired student outcomes”, a Taskforce says.  What do you think?

This conversation is way more important than the flag debate, even if it’s not being given as much attention.  So even if you only have a few minutes and can only answer the first question, please do, because it’s the most important one:  what is the purpose of education and what are your goals for your kids or mokopuna?

Have your say before consultation closes on 14 Dec 2015.

 

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Educators give their thoughts on the purpose of education

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